• Alabama Habitat House built with sustainable low-carbon technology

    Lorraine Davis not only has a new home for her family in Tuscaloosa. She is also on the cutting edge of technology that could help support a lower-carbon future. Davis’ newly dedicated home, built by Habitat for Humanity of Tuscaloosa, was constructed using concrete and concrete blocks that are also permanently storing carbon dioxide (CO2), thanks […]

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  • Sustainability is Key Feature as Tenants Look to Owners for Greener Buildings

    As the world embraces new standards for combating climate change, energy-intensive industries will be tasked with leading the way. Given that new construction and daily operations of buildings produce around 40% of the world’s greenhouse gases (GHGs), building owners will face increased pressure to improve energy efficiency and create more sustainable buildings. Many building owners […]

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  • What it takes to become the greenest college in America

    It isn’t easy being green, but College of the Atlantic has it pretty much figured out — and thinks other campuses can do it, too. College of the Atlantic in Bar Harbor has been ranked the top green college by the Princeton Review for the sixth year in a row. The school has inherent advantages, […]

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  • Why sustainable cities are hitting a wall

    Sustainability proponents have celebrated the leadership of major cities to advance energy efficiency, electrified transportation and other climate change goals during the past decade. Urban leaders from around the world have established impressive collaborations to share information and develop common commitments. Entities as varied as the Rockefeller Foundation and the United Nations have supported urban […]

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  • How urban gardens can boost biodiversity and make cities more sustainable

    In building cities, we have created some of the harshest habitats on Earth — and then chosen to live in them. Temperatures in cities are typically 2 C to 3 C warmer than those of the surrounding landscape. Pollution levels and noise can reach levels seen few other places on Earth. Too much drainage leaves soils […]

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  • Fisker unveils ‘world’s most sustainable vehicle’ as electric vehicle competition heats up

      It seems among the investor community, all everyone talks about are the EV (electric vehicle) stocks – and only the big ones at that – Tesla (TSLA), Rivian (RIVN), and Lucid (LCID). One EV company that’s been flying under the radar, that is until it had big news at this year’s Los Angeles Auto […]

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  • Hold the butter! Scientists are using POPCORN to create an eco-friendly insulation

    By DAN AVERY As countries around the world look for ways to lessen their carbon footprint, the construction industry is a popular target: buildings generate nearly 40 percent of global CO2 emissions each year, with more than 10 percent of that coming from building materials and construction. Scientists in Germany have developed a way to turn popcorn into an insulation material […]

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  • Bamboo has been used for thousands of years in Asia. Now, it could help solve construction’s sustainability problem

    Searching for new ways to build sustainable homes, Earl Forlales decided to look not into the future, but to the past. His grandparents, like generations of Filipinos, lived in a “Bahay Kubo” — a traditional, boxy, single-story bamboo hut on stilts, indigenous to the Philippines. “Filipinos have been using bamboo (for housing) even before colonial […]

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  • Can industrial hemp become a sustainable building material?

    By Steve Gelsi A new roughly $30 million industrial hemp decortication line built by Montana-based, privately-owned oil seed and fiber company Ind Hemp represents the future of industrial hemp as a potential building material and green ingredients for cars, among many other uses, advocates for hemp say. Now the U.S. only has to build 524 […]

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  • How cables almost 2,500 miles long could bring solar power from Morocco to UK homes

      In Morocco, 2,500 hours of sunlight bake the Saharan sands every year, and every day, the wind blows. A British company now wants to build a solar wind farm there to harness that power for use in the UK. “You can generate three times more energy per square metre in Morocco than you could ever […]

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